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National Elective Chapter, Venezuela

The National Fraternity of Venezuela has celebrated its National Elective Chapter in September 2014.
The new national minister is Alejandro Albornoz and Marielide de Lima has been elected as international councillor.


Letter from the Pontifical Council for the Laity to the OFS



National Elective Chapter, Japan


The National Fraternity of Japan has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 28 February 2015.
The new national minister and international councillor Francis Takeda.

Koinonia 2014-3


...together on the journey

2014 – 3    Year 21    no. 83


The Piandarca project

Many of those who participated in the OFS Genearl Chapter last November signed the petition orgagnized by the fraternity in Cannara, which was participating in the FAI (acronym for the Italian Fund for the Environment) in the defense of the “places of the heart”, a competition that each year recognizes the place whose supporters gathered the most signatures, in which they presented a project for an open-air sanctuary at Piandarca which is, according to tradition, where Francis preached to the birds and the birthplace of the OFS.

Dossier 7/2014

2014 CIOFS Program for Ongoing Formation

Theme VII: St. Ludwig and Our Sister Bodily Death1


"The king was so filled with the spirit of charity that although many tried to dissuade him because of the danger, he would willingly go to visit the sick even if (he was) suffering in agony. He would offer them words of consolation and much needed advice." (Guillaume de Chartres, De Vita et de miraculis)


National Elective Chapter, Italy

The National Fraternity of Italy has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 7 June 2014.
The re-elected national minister and international councillor is Remo di Pinto.

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).


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OFS Active presence in the World

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Testimonies from brothers and sisters
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NAFRA-USA joining with Catholic Relief Services on their Catholics Confront Global Poverty Initiative

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Franciscans International (FI)

Franciscans International is a non-governmental organisation that voices concerns at the United Nations, with and on behalf of the most vulnerable, about justice, poverty and the planet.

XIV General Chapter

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